14 Foolproof Ways to Lower Your Living Expenses
Want that great deal for upgraded Internet and all the move channels? What's another $23 a month? Problem is, before you know it you're sinking in bills and your monthly payments have become a burden. Here are 14 ways to lower your monthly nut and get back to stress-free living.
New Disclosure Rules Impact Condominiums
Residential real estate has changed as of this month. There are new contract forms for Maryland and the District, and the new mortgage disclosure rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are now in effect. And there even is new terminology. A lender is now a creditor and the borrower/buyer is a consumer. The initial Truth in Lending statement and Good Faith Estimate we have used for a number of years has been replaced with the Loan Estimate. And the old-faithful HUD-1 (the settlement statement) has been discarded in favor of a "Closing Disclosure".
Doorport wants to install a smart intercom on every apartment buildingDoorport's intercom turns residents' smartphones into their keycards. Having a connected smartphone in your pocket will automatically unlock the front door. More significantly for residents on-the-go, their phones will also ring when unannounced visitors or FedEx deliverymen push the intercom button. ......Read More
5 tips for closing every real estate deal ahead of scheduleOnce a property goes under contract, it becomes a sprint to get to the finish line. However, with so many parties involved, lack of communication, missing paperwork, being unorganized and a host of other challenges can quickly can prevent you from closing on or before the contractual deadline ......Read More
7 questions to guide investors toward their ideal propertyReal estate agents thrive on finding the perfect properties for their clients. If you’re working with an investor, a good recommendation could lead to more business in the future and more recommendations to their peers ......Read More
5 costs that can surprise new homeownersMany years ago, after a carefree weekend away, my husband and I came home to discover we had no water, our television was fried and our refrigerator wasn't working ......Read More
Agent Connect NY 18: Delivering 7-star service in a 3-star industryGuess how much money Jay O'Brien spends every year on marketing. $0.00. Yes, you read right. Rather than pouring funds into marketing campaigns to attract skeptical buyers, O'Brien invests in products and experiences that make the entire real estate transaction enjoyable for his clients ......Read More
What real estate pros should know about the new SnapchatIn this post, we’ll take a look at what made OG Snapchat amazing and what the Snapchat update means for real estate agents ......Read More
Agent Connect NY 18: Anatomy of a team — family style, how it worksWhat’s a real estate team look like when its members are related? You're about to see firsthand. Watch mother, daughter and father team Meris, Sydney and Kenny Blumstein of the Corcoran Group on stage at Inman Connect New York as they describe their successful (and fun) dynamic, and go over the challenges of working with family ......Read More
Keller Williams sheds ‘traditional broker’ shell for new data-driven modelData sharing among the company's 173,000 agents "will be the focal point going forward," said CEO John Davis at Keller Williams' Family Reunion event in Anaheim, California. “We are not going to play from somebody else’s playbook. We may have to expand the definition of culture. Specifically how and when we share with each other." ......Read More
Katie Lance inks social media training deal with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesKatie Lance today announced a preferred supplier agreement with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS), where she'll provide social media strategy training through her #GetSocialSmart Academy ......Read More
Lure of tech, culture shaking up luxury market: report"While luxury real estate in the United States has always been a tale of two coasts, we were pleased to uncover many up-and-coming luxury hubs across the country." ......Read More